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John Ross


Naval officer and Arctic explorer. Joined the Navy in 1786. Entered the service of the East India Company in 1794. Rejoined the Navy as a midshipman in 1799; commander, 1812. Leader of the expeditions in search of the north-west passage in 1818 and 1829–33. Consul in Stockholm, 1839–46. Led a private expedition to search for John Franklin (ODNB), 1850–1. Knighted 1834.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.